H. R. 6064
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 3, 2020
Mr. Cartwright (for himself, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Cárdenas, Ms. McCollum, and Mr. Morelle) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
To require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish a premise plumbing research laboratory, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
NIST Plumbing Research Act of 2020.
Premise plumbing research
Premise plumbing defined
In this Act, the term premise plumbing means the water distribution system located within the property lines of a property, including all buildings and permanent structures on such property. Such term includes building supply and distribution pipes, fixtures, fittings, water heaters, water-treating and water-using equipment, and all respective joints, connections, devices, and appurtenances.
Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology shall—
establish or designate a laboratory to conduct research on premise plumbing in relation to water safety, security, efficiency, sustainability, and resilience;
conduct an organizational review of all research and other activities related to premise plumbing conducted by Federal entities; and
appoint one or more officers or employees of the Institute to liaise with non-Federal entities conducting research or other activities related to premise plumbing.
Not later than 4 years after the date of the enactment of this Act and not less frequently than once every 4 years thereafter, the Director shall submit to Congress a report on the progress made by the Institute regarding—
the status of the laboratory described in subsection (b)(1), including any staff designated to work in such laboratory;
all projects of the Institute related to premise plumbing, including completed projects, projects in progress, and projects planned for the future;
updates to data relevant to premise plumbing system structure, design, and construction; and
any progress of private organizations in updating premise plumbing standards.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to the National Institute of Standards and Technology such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.